BMW PGA Championship: Luke Donald struggles in the bad weather at Wentworth

Last Updated: 24/05/13 9:50pm

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Luke Donald: Paid the price for an opening round of 78 at Wentworth

Luke Donald: Paid the price for an opening round of 78 at Wentworth

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Luke Donald admitted bad weather had played a part in his failed bid for a third successive BMW PGA Championship title.

The Englishman left himself with too much to do after an opening 78 on Thursday, meaning he finished the first day at Wentworth 12 shots off the pace set by South African James Kingston.

"I don't think it's a million miles away, though. Sometimes these things are a lot closer than you think."
Luke Donald

On another cold and wet day in Surrey on Friday, the former world No 1 was only able to card a 72, leaving him on six over and almost certain to miss the cut.

Donald felt the persistent rain had not helped him in his quest to retain the trophy in 2013, though he was quick to point out that he had played some "pretty terrible golf" on a course he knows so well.

Bottom line

"I think the last couple of years it's been very warm and balls travelled a lot," he said.

"I'm hitting a lot longer irons into some of these holes this year because of the weather, but bottom line is I didn't play very well. Nine over through 21 holes is pretty terrible golf really.

"I don't think it's a million miles away, though. Sometimes these things are a lot closer than you think. I've got some good time coming up with my coach back home and we'll work on it and get ready for next week and the US Open.

"I'm not too worried. It's never nice, it's disappointing to miss a cut, especially here at Wentworth. But I'll be back. I think failure is a much bigger motivator for me than successes."

Ian Poulter was another big name to struggle at the European Tour's flagship event, a second-round score of 76 meaning he too would not make the weekend.

"I'm fine. I'm fine," he said. "Don't worry about me as I will be posting some good scores again, soon."

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